How to Replace the Battery in a Ford Focus

The Focus is Ford's entry-level car available in a number of body styles, from a hatchback to a four-door sedan. It provides easy access for do-it-yourself mechanics. Look for a white, chalky substance on the battery as a sign it needs replacing. Locate the battery on the driver's side close to the inside wall.

The Focus is Ford's entry-level car available in a number of body styles, from a hatchback to a four-door sedan. It provides easy access for do-it-yourself mechanics. Look for a white, chalky substance on the battery as a sign it needs replacing.

Locate the battery on the driver's side close to the inside wall. Remove the bar that holds in the battery with a screwdriver.

Disconnect the ground wire. Set it aside so that it doesn't touch anything metal. Remove the cable ends from the battery terminals with a battery terminal puller. Take off the negative terminal first.

  • The Focus is Ford's entry-level car available in a number of body styles, from a hatchback to a four-door sedan.
  • Remove the cable ends from the battery terminals with a battery terminal puller.

Lift the battery out of the compartment. Use the wire brush to clean the surface that holds the battery. Clean the insides of the connector cables with a pointed wire brush.

Rinse off the cables and battery tray or wipe with a damp cloth, and let them dry out.

Place the new battery on the shelf. Place the correct cable on each terminal and tighten securely with pliers or a socket wrench. Replace the battery holder.

  • Lift the battery out of the compartment.
  • Clean the insides of the connector cables with a pointed wire brush.

Dispose of the old battery properly at an auto parts store or recycling center.

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